Plymouth County Biographies

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Thomas Clarke

Thomas Clarke (abt. 1599-1697). Came to Plymouth aboard the Anne in 1623. The family moved from Plymouth to Boston by 1660 and then back to Plymouth by 1673. Some of their time was also spent in Barnstable. He held the following offices: Deputy for Plymouth, 8 June 1655; Coroner's jury, 2 March 1635/6, 29 June 1652 on the body of Robert Willis sometimes of "Milbrooke, county Cornwall," 3 September 1652 on the body of James Glasse; Petit jury, 7 December 1641, 1 November 1642, 9 June 1653, 4 October 1653; Plymouth constable for Eel River, 1 March 1641/2; Surveyor, 7 June 1642, 7 March 1642/3 (Eel River), 7 June 1648; Surveyor of highways (Eel River), 5 June 1644; Supervisor of highways (Eel River), 1 June 1647; Committee for Plymouth, 5 June 1651; Committee to treat with the commissioners regarding the trade at Kennebecke, 2 July 1655; Committee serving at court, 3 June 1656; Committee to supply and accommodate the Governor and Magistrates, 3 June 1657. Thomas Clarke volunteered for duty durinig the Pequot War, 7 June 1637. He also served in Capt. Miles Standish's third company. He died 24th March, 1697 and is buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth.

Spouse 1: Susannah Ring, daughter of William and Mary (Durrant) Ring
Died: Bet. 1634 and Jan. 20, 1664/5
Marriage: Bef. July 1631

William abt 1634. M (1) Sarah Wolcott, (2) Hannah Griswold, & (3) Abiah Wilder.
James 1636 m. Abigail Lothrop
Susanna abt 1638 m. Barnabas Lathrop
John abt 1640
Nathaniel abt 1642
Andrew abt 1644 m. Mehitable Scotto

Spouse 2: Alice (Hallett) Nichols, daughter of Richard Hallett and widow of Mordecai Nichols
Marriage: Soon after 20 Jan 1664/5

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Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. - Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
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